I approach eye shadow the same way I do dating… that is to say: with unrealistically high standards. Just like I consider if someone I’m talking to is communicative, funny, and — I’ll be honest — hot enough for me, I think a lot about an eye shadow’s consistency, color payoff, and packaging before committing myself to it. Many have come and gone in both departments (far more eye shadows than romantic prospects), but every once in a while something good comes along and I just can’t let it go. This month, as Dior relaunches its iconic Diorshow 5 Couleurs Couture Eye Shadow Palettes, I might have found a new longterm partner.
On September 1, the classic range of eye shadow palettes will re-enter society with a revamped formula that’s far creamier than the original, thanks to the addition of aloe vera and pine oil. There’s also an entirely new shade selection inspired by famous Dior runway looks.
Up until now, the palettes have come in 12 different iterations featuring matte and satin finishes. This time around, they’ll be available in 14 different color assortments with six types of finishes — matte, satin, pearl, glitter, metallic, and highlighter. Dior sent me four of the new palettes (Denim, Jungle, Grand Bal, Rouge Trafalgar), which I’ve been playing around with for the past few weeks. They’ve unsurprisingly defied my expectations at every turn (especially my personal favorite, Rouge Trafalgar).
First thing’s first: this formula. I know swatches aren’t always the best way to determine a product’s quality, but I fell for this formula at the very first swipe of my finger. Regardless of each shadow’s finish and color, they all feel buttery to the touch and deliver full opacity without much effort.
And Dior managed to achieve that with virtually no fallout; you can dip whatever brush you want into these eye shadows and that powder will stay exactly where it belongs. And that makes creating different eye looks easier than usual because you have complete control over each shade’s placement.